Artist: Kabul Golf Club
Title: Le Bal Du Rat Mort
Label: Uproar for Veneration
Genre: Punk, Math Rock, Noise
Belgian punks Kabul Golf Club draw their influences heavily from the Jesus Lizard. It’s fairly evident if you crank up the volume as you play this EP, along with some elements of noise, math rock, and maybe a hint of grunge here and there. It’s a bit on the hardcore side, but that’s not a bad thing. In a way, it’s all of those genres and a bit of classic hardcore San Fran styled punk tailored with the energy of the pre-industrial punk rockers.
Despite showcasing just five tracks here, each one packs a massive punch. The chords are a bit similar song to song, but that creates an intense ride on the back of a guitar playing werewolf straight out of a rage induced hallucination. I mean that in a good way; this is some wild stuff. In other words, the first few tracks blend together, creating a theme of emotion, intense guitar work and distortion. It’s almost seamless. I don’t really want to get off of this ride.
Track five, “Demon Days,” is the standout track for me. The progression and over all composition takes the best of the wild punk and grunge that lurked in the underground, fed it through a super collider and then blasted it with the rage from the post-new millennium economic and social meltdowns of recent years. This track is definitely my favorite on the CD.
If you like the Jesus Lizard, Tad, the Thrown Ups, the Mevlins or the noisiest Nirvana track, check out this band. If this is what punk sounds like in Belgium, I want more, and I want it now!
4.7 out of 5.